There is just something about TED talks and captivating speakers in general that gravitate crowds and opportunities to these people. The way that their stories and examples are something that you become passionate about in just a short 15-20 minute speech.
I got Carmine Gallo's "Talk Like TED" for Christmas last year, because I've always enjoyed the chats, have attended some and regularly watch them on YouTube. Throughout my career I've also done more than my fair share of public speaking. Anyone that has taught a class or given plenty of speeches has a certain level anxiety. For some that is embarrassing themselves in front of a crowd, maybe feeling stupid, but for me it is about boring my audience.
The problem is that not everything I find interesting translates to my audience in the form of enthusiasm. I've sat in their seat and the majority of people in power are frankly horrible public speakers. They spend too much time reading their slides, fixate on data and speak in technical jargons that don't translate to their audience. I'm very guilty of this working in digital marketing, specifically in the sports and tourism fields.
What Did I Learn?
My Top 5 favorite TED talks
About the Author
Andy Rupert is a Penn State (B.A. John Curley Center for Sports Journalism 08') and a Southern Miss (M.S. Sport Management 09'). He has spent his whole career working in sports and tourism digital marketing and metrics.